15:48, Wednesday, 4th January, 2017

The KCF Africa calendar of forthcoming events for the first 6 months of 2017 has been published and is available at http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/forthcoming-events-0

Further events are still in the process of being finalized and will be added in due course.

We look forward to launching our activities for the start of 2017 in Lesotho at the end of January. The official tournament brochure for this event will be released within the next few days so that players wanting to participate can make suitable travel and accommodation arrangements as required.

12:25, Sunday, 1st January, 2017

KCF Africa would like to wish all chess players across the continent a happy a prosperous 2017! The new year will see a number of exciting initiatives not least of which is the launch of the exciting new Universal Rating System. While we wait for this service, here is the latest analysis from the January 2017 FIDE rating list.

Of note this month is that South Africa moved forward 8 places after both IM Henry Steel and FM Nicholas van der Nat returned to action after long periods of inactivity. The country improved its rating to number 70 in the world as a result and nudged back ahead of Zambia to be ranked 5th in Africa overall.

Egypt then added a very impressive total of 129 players to their live list in December and found itself just 1 player short of becoming the first African federation to register 1000 players.
Egypt now accounts for more than 25% of the rated players on the continent and remains the only African country ranked in the top 50 in the world.

Egypt also boasted the top 3 rated men as well as the top two rated ladies as at 1 January 2017. Algeria and Morocco are the only other countries with more than 1 player in the top 10 on either the open or ladies rating lists.

The KCF tournament calendar for the first half of 2017 will be published later this afternoon and we wish all players the best of luck in all events they participate in 2017.

21:38, Sunday, 4th December, 2016

The 2016 ACL Open came to an end in Cape Town earlier today and congratulations are due to IM Daniel Jere, IM Henry Steel, and IM Watu Kobese who all tied for first place with scores of 7/9! All 3 produced tournament performances in excess of 2450 which would have secured them IM Norm were they not already IM's!

FM Kalvin Claasen also put in a top class performance and will be earning 41 ELO's for his score of 5.5/9 which was sufficient for 4th place overall.

The Elite section was won by FM Mohamed Bhawoodien and the Prestige Section by CM Bartoli Andrew Flores who both scored 5/6 while Tristan Willenberg topped the Open section with a score of 4.5/5.

Final results and all 45 games from the IM Section will shortly be available at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr249034.aspx?lan=1.
We wish to thank the team from ACL for running a great event as well as Chess24.com who carried the games from the Masters section throughout the tournament.

We wish all South Africa junior players well as they finalize their preparations for the SAJCC tournament at Birchwoods Hotel later this month.

11:49, Friday, 2nd December, 2016

The December Rating Lists were published yesterday and the results of both the 2016 Tanzania Open and 2016 Swaziland Open were submitted in time to be included within the December rating lists.

Both Swaziland and Tanzania added to their number of rated players and both countries have now entered the top 25 in Africa when measured by number of rated players in the country. Given that neither country had a single rated player 2 years ago this is an impressive achievement for both.

Other than these two events, it was a fairly quiet month across the rest of the continent and the lack of activity is reflected in the fact that the individual rating tables are relatively unchanged.

Since January 2016, it is encouraging to note that the number of active FIDE rated players has grown be a total of 632 off a base of just under 3000. This represents year on year growth of 21%.

Whilst the percentage growth is encouraging, the fact that less than 4000 African players currently have FIDE ratings remains a source of grave concern as this still represents only 1% of the global population of chess players with an active rating.

The latest rankings based on the December 2016 list is available as usual at http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/country-rankings.

10:19, Friday, 2nd December, 2016

The ACL IM Norm event has reached round 6 and is now lead by IM Daniel Jere, IM Henry Steel and IM Watu Kobese who all have 4.5/6.
All 30 games from the first 6 rounds are now available for download at
http://www.chess-results.com/tnr249034.aspx?lan=1

and live games can be followed daily at
https://chess24.com/…/live-tou…/acl-im-tournament-2016/7/1/1

The Elite and Prestige sections will commence on Saturday morning and are expected to attract a large number of local Cape Town players. Players are asked to note that the playing venue for the weekend has changed and all games will take place at Sans Souci Girls High School in Newlands (7 Esme Road, Newlands).

13:40, Tuesday, 29th November, 2016

The 2016 ACL Open has reached the 4th round and is currently being lead by IM Daniel Jere from Zambia who stands alone at the top with a score of 2.5/3. He is being chased by a trio consisting of IM Henry Steel, IM Watu Kobese and FM Calvin Klaasen.

The games from the IM Section are now live on Chess24.com and the action can be followed daily at 3pm from https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/acl-im-tournament-2016/4/1/2.

Games from all rounds will shortly also be available for download from http://www.chess-results.com/tnr249034.aspx?lan=1

Entries are still open for the Prestige and Elite sections which will commence on Friday for locally based players who still want to register at late notice. Players who wish to register may do so at http://www.africanchesslounge.org/

We look forward to watching the action unfold over the course of the week and we wish all players the best of luck throughout the duration of the tournament.

17:39, Monday, 28th November, 2016

CM Thuso Mosutha from Botswana emerged as the winner of the 2016 Swazi Open after he defeated South Africa's Enest Tshabalala
in the final round to win the tournament by 1/2 a point with an impressive total of 5.5/6. There was then a 3 way tie for second place on 5/6 between Jonathan Pein from England, Elisha Chimbamu from Zimbabwe and Khanya Mazibuko from South Africa.

Nosimilo Mkhonto won the prize as the best lady while Wandile Similane and Fungai Matawa both scored 4/6 to end as the best placed Swazi platers.

The top 4 players were clearly better then the rest over the weekend as they also went on to share the blitz prizes as well! In the Blitz, Khanya and Jonathan shared first place with a final score of 5/6 whilst Elisha and Thuso placing tied for 3rd with 4.5/6.

A successful development section of 16 local players was also held and this was won by Lunga Malinga and Sibonelo Dlamini who both scored 6/7.

Final results for all 3 sections are now available at

Open
http://www.chess-results.com/tnr250580.aspx?lan=1&art=1&wi=821

Blitz
http://www.chess-results.com/tnr250830.aspx?lan=1&art=1&wi=821

Development
http://www.chess-results.com/tnr250937.aspx?lan=1&art=1&wi=821

09:42, Sunday, 27th November, 2016

The 2016 Swazi Open has reached the final round and will see
Thuso Mosutha and Enest Tshabalala face off on board 1 for the victory as both players have reached 4.5 / 5.

The open event has attracted over 50 players and will be followed by a 6 round FIDE rated blitz later this afternoon.

Results and pairings for the final round at available at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr250580.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=6&wi=821

Final results will follow once the last games are finished later this evening.

09:40, Sunday, 27th November, 2016

The 2016 Swazi Open has reached the final round and will see
Thuso Mosutha and Enest Tshabalala face off on board 1 for the victory as both players have reached 4.5 / 5.

The open event has attracted over 50 players and will be followed by a 6 round FIDE rated blitz later this afternoon.

Results and pairings for the final round at available at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr250580.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=6&wi=821

Final results will follow once the last games are finished later this evening.

10:42, Thursday, 17th November, 2016

MiniChess Lesotho and Metropolitan Lesotho successfully joined hands to run the very first pawn soccer tournament in the history of Lesotho on Saturday 12th November.Congratulations are due to St Stephens Primary School from Mohale's Hoek who won the event to become the 2016 Metropolitan MiniChess Champions!

The tournament was held at Iketsetseng Primary School with five local primary schools participating. The participating schools were Iketsetseng Primary, Phethahatso Primary, St James Primary, Masianokeng Primary and St Stephens Primary. All 5 are currently receiving MiniChess training thanks to the generous support of Metropolitan Lesotho.

We wish to join MiniChess Lesotho in thanking Mr Thabang Mapena and the company for their continued support which made both the roll-out of the program and the tournament possible.

We look forward to seeing similar events around the country as the program continues to grow next year.

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